Fairley denied request for new sentencing date

Fairley denied request for new sentencing date
Rev. Kenneth Fairley/Source: Forrest County Jail

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg pastor Kenneth Fairley, who was convicted of defrauding the U.S. government tied to money from the Housing and Urban Development agency, has been denied his request for a continuance on his sentencing.

Fairley, 62, is set to be sentenced Monday, Dec. 19, at the United States District Court William M. Colmer Federal Building in Hattiesburg. A motion was filed on Monday requesting the sentencing be pushed to a later time in January 2017.

In the motion, Fairley cited seven points on which he argued in effort to continue the sentencing.

  1. Multiple Objections to Presentencing Report
  2. Contested issues of fact and law
  3. Expert Witness
  4. Presence of additional witnesses
  5. New Counsel
  6. Defendant’s medical testing
  7. Government’s position

"Because the court ultimately finds that Defendant (Fairley) has shown no good cause as to why it should, in its discretion, continue the sentencing hearing currently set for Dec. 19, 2016, the motion to continue sentencing will be denied," said District Judge Keith Starrett in his order.

Fairley was found guilty on Sept. 12, 2016, of conspiracy to commit theft of government money, and two counts of receiving, retaining, concealing or converting money that belonged to the government.

Co-defendant, Artie Fletcher, 56, pleaded guilty Sept. 2, 2016 to one count of misprision of a felony. He is set to be sentenced on Monday Dec. 19th, as well.